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Tacoma Pass to Government Meadows

Central Cascades
47.2050, -121.3107 Map & Directions
16.4 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
3,000 feet
Highest Point
5,700 feet
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Area burned by a 1980 wildfire. Photo by mikemahanay. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
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Hike on the scenic Pacific Crest Trail through the Central Cascades as you pass through meadows, clear cut regrowth, and enjoy views of Mount Rainier. Continue reading

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Hiking Tacoma Pass to Government Meadows

This section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has a reputation for not being very scenic because it's flat and clear-cut, but that is simply not the case. The PCT through the Central Cascades offers stunning views, especially of Mount Rainier. The once-clear-cut forests are growing back into lovely regrowth groves. The meadows at Government Meadow feature wildflowers in the spring. The only downside is that there is little water in this stretch of trail, so be sure to come prepared with plenty of water.

Start your trip at Tacoma Pass, where Road 52 intersects with the PCT. In the winter, this road turns into cross country ski trails. Climb up the trail, gaining elevation most of the way until you reach Blowout Mountain. Stop to rest and enjoy the view, then continue down to Green Pass. Past Blowout Mountain, there is very little reliable access to water.

At Green Pass, cross Road 784 and continue towards Windy Gap. There is a spring about 2 miles in, but this is the last access to water until you reach the Meadows. Climb towards Windy Gap and up and over Pyramid Peak, where you finally descend into the meadows. Cross various roads along the way and spend the night at a shelter in Government Meadows.

Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Tacoma Pass to Government Meadows

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.2050, -121.3107 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

On I-90 take Exit 62 (Stampede Pass - Kachess Lake), go right (south), drive past Crystal Springs C.G., across Yakima River bridge and arrive at the end of pavement. Drive FR 54 to the start of FR 41 branching off to the left. Drive past spur road 4111, cross Cabin Creek and to the start of FR 4112 where a sign points right to TACOMA PASS 1, PCT Tr. 2000 1. After 1.2 mi. you reach Tacoma Pass at 3500 ft. elev.

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Central Cascades

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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